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High voltage AC/DC in Japan

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When AC/DC played its high voltage rock ‘n’ roll yesterday, the Tokyo audience was on its feet, dancing and singing along.  Many were dressed up in AC/DC inspired clothes and almost everyone wore the iconic devil’s horns.  They were not silent, passive and obedient like a typical Japanese crowd.


AC/DC put on a fantastic concert.  They played songs from their latest album, “Black Ice”.  And also most of the old favourites like “Highway to Hell”, “TNT”, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, “Hells Bells”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”. 

Despite their enthusiasm, the Japanese crowd did not applaud enough at the end of the concert.  I am convinced that is why AC/DC did not do a second encore, which might have been the song I most wanted to hear – “It’s a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

As usual, lead guitarist, Angus Young was the star of the show, with his wild, energetic performance, decked out in schoolboy uniform stage outfits.  When he wasn't doing his Chuck Berry-like duck walk, he was running back and forth across the stage while playing his guitar.

In an interview with the Japanese media, Angus Young said “I'm not a psychologist, but I think there's something of a primal beat that sits inside us all, and the public seems to like music when it has more energy”.

It seems that even the Japanese might share this primal beat, and not be so different from the rest of humanity after all.


"AC/DC still delivers no-gimmick rock", BY C.B.Liddell, Contributing Writer, The Asahi Shimbun, 26 February, 2010